After 22 minutes into listening to this narrator I realized I was going to have read the printed book instead of listening to it. I was wishing I had demo-ed the narrator before purchasing. I couldn't bear another minute of her voice. The accent didn't match the location and her voice inflection didn't match the scene, sounded too "acted". Very disappointing.
If you've been reading the Stephanie Plumb series in sequence like I have, the change in narration from Lory Petty (of the first three books) to CJ Critt in "Four to Score" was jarring and a complete disappointment.
Critt's voice is noticably older than the 30-something Plumb we're used to, and she lacks range in the depiction of the other key characters.
Plumb comes across as raspy and whiney, and the sassiness of the sidekick Lula is lost in Critt's narration.
If subsequent installments are narrated by Critt, I guess I'll get over it. But I enjoyed Lory Petty much more.
I love this series. however the lady reading this book just doesn't sound right. I loved the first three books - the reader sounded like she was 20 something and from Jersey. The reader on book 4 just sounds wrong. She also mispronounces slang terms.
I love both the Plum series and audiobooks in general, but CJ Critt was almost unlistenable. Lorelai King and Lori Petty both capture the series in different ways (and I wish there was some way to combine Petty's Stephanie voice with everything else about King's reading), and even Debbie Mazar isn't too bad.
Critt, while I'm sure she's a good performer for other books, completely misses everything about the Plum series. It's not just the lack of Jersey accent; she sounds elderly, which Stephanie definitely isn't, and there's no joy or fun in her voice. Also, the fact that she makes Grandma Mazur sound like a 3-pack-a-day smoker almost made me turn it off. I'd recommend the abridged Debbie Mazar version over this unabridged version any day.
Extremely entertaining. Light hearted and easy listening. CJ Critt is the best narrator in the business and brings life to every character.
Never Read the Book
I really like the voice and reading of CJ Critt - hated the lady in Book 5.
Although the series is a little long each book is truly a lot of fun and if you want a rather quick read with a plot and some smiles this is the series for you and again the narrator is really good. Its always nice to have a narrator who can do many different voices.
Again this author did not let me down. I just love Lula. The reader does a wonderful job on all the voices. I really laugh out loud when I'm listening to these books.
I like Stephanie Plum although I think she's dopie. This book had me laughing pretty good at times. I love the different characters although the "Three to get deadly was hilarious". The voices of the reader really brings these different people to life and you can see them. Good job!